VPNs can be a useful tool to help you protect your personal information. Check out this (reenacted) conversation between our two staff about what VPNs are and how they can be used to protect your privacy.
Amanda: Hey Aidan, I’m worried about having my data stolen after a friend’s account got hacked last month. I’ve heard about VPNs but don’t know much about them. Can you shed some light on what a VPN is?
Aidan: I use VPN’s all the time. Here’s what you need to know…
What are VPNs?
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a service you can use to encrypt your data by sending it to a secure private server somewhere else. This means no one can see what you’re doing or sending over the web.
What are the benefits?
- Your data is safe from prying eyes, even your internet provider’s.
- VPNs are usually cheaper, easier to install, and affect your computer’s performance less than your standard computer protection software.
- Some VPNs block malicious sites, ads and trackers.
What’s the catch with VPNs?
- Most legitimate VPN services cost an extra subscription fee on top of your regular monthly internet.
- Some VPN services may affect internet connection speeds.
Amanda: Thank you! I had no idea VPNs could be so useful. In case I forget, is there somewhere I can go to learn more?
Aidan: No problem. There are so many different security options out there to learn about. You can learn more about VPNs through the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.
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